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Trans Language Submission to UN IE SOGI document

This is a joint submission on language related to gender identity and expression to the United Nations Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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  • 5 February 2018
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This short submission raises some issues with language, content, and references with regard to gender identity and expression issues in the IE SOGI’s first report. In part, the submission builds on the in-person private meeting that the IE SOGI had with 17 trans advocates during the 35th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 7 June 2017.


  • Lukas Berredo, Transrespect Officer, Transgender Europe (TGEU)
  • Jack Byrne, Independent human rights researcher, TransAction
  • Zhan Chiam, Gender Identity and Gender Expression Senior Programme Officer, International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
  • F.J. Genus, Associate Director – Policy and Advocacy, TransWave Jamaica
  • Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Executive Director, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE)
  • Micah Grzywnowicz, International Advocacy Advisor RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights
  • Dodo Karsay, Research and Information Officer, ARC International
  • Ricky Nathanson, Trans Research, Education, Advocacy & Training (TREAT); Southern Africa Trans Forum (SATF)
  • Cianán B. Russell, Human Rights & Advocacy Officer, Asia Pacific Transgender Network
  • Leigh Ann van der Merwe, Coordinator, S.H.E., Social, Health and Empowerment Feminist Collective of Transgender Women of Africa
  • Viviane Vergueiro, Project Coordinator, Akahatá Studies Group on Sexualities and Genders
  • Fritz von Klein, Trans* Coalition on Post-Soviet Space


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